A couple of commenters have disagreed with my position that Israel is a secular state.
"It's a Jewish state, stupid," is the jist of their comments.
Yes, it is a nation founded by Jews for Jews (and still 75% or so Jewish).
It is not a nation that says you must be Jewish and abide by all things Kosher. It allows freedom of expression and religion. It is a nation of secular laws, not biblical laws. It does not have an overriding council of rabbis and a head-honco rabbi to make sure that everyone stays in line with Jewish tradition and belief.
But, if you insist that Israel is a Jewish state instead of secular democracy, then I can only conclude that the U.S. is a Christian state (founded by Christians for Christians and still 75% or so Christian) instead of a secular democracy. And of course, Pat Robertson is the overriding head preacher.
So, back to my point... Iran represents a peculiar threat because it is a nation ruled by a theocracy... and if you don't believe what the theocracy believes, then no secular rationale can save your sorry ass. And if the rest of the world doesn't believe what their theocracy believes, then they will do everything they can to make the world a miserable place.Religions:
Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10%, none 10% (2002 est.)